UN flying flag at half mast for dead Iran president known as the 'Butcher of Tehran'

Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash near the Azerbaijan border, state media reported on Monday.

UN flying flag at half mast for dead Iran president known as the 'Butcher of Tehran'
Iranian Presidency Office via AP
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Following criticism over the United Nations' decision to hold a moment of silence for the deceased Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, the organization saw it appropriate to lower its flags to half-mast the next day in honour of the leader, who was known as the "Butcher of Tehran."

"The [UN] has completely gone off the deep end," wrote Yaki Lopez, a staffer in the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry.

“Raisi is personally responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians, as well as for attacks on Israel,” Lopez added. “What a disgrace.”

“As a mark of respect for the passing of His Excellency Mr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a.k.a. ‘The Butcher of Tehran,’” wrote Yaari Cohen, another staffer for the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry. The UN also put out a statement saying "All offices and duty stations are encouraged to lower their flags on this occasion."

Canadian politician Goldie Ghamarie, an MPP for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, called for the United Nations to be defunded.

“The corrupt UN is flying its flag at half-mast because the Butcher of Tehran, Raisi, is dead,” wrote Ghamari, who comes from an Iranian background. “This anti-Iranian racist institution has lost the plot."

"Canadian taxpayer dollars are wasted promoting Islamofascist terrorists. Shame!" she wrote.

Raisi died in a helicopter crash near the Azerbaijan border, state media reported on Monday.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and six other crew members perished in the crash Sunday evening, likely due to poor weather. The charred wreckage of the U.S.-made Bell 212 helicopter was discovered early Monday morning, Reuters reports.

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